How To: Disable Widgets and Camera Access on the Lockscreen in Android Jelly Bean 4.2

Disable Widgets and Camera Access on the Lockscreen in Android Jelly Bean 4.2

The new Jelly Bean 4.2 is a great improvement over previous Android versions for the most part, except one thing—the lockscreen. Users have voiced their complaints in regards to Android 4.2's new lockscreen features, and it's not pretty.

Here are just a few of the issues currently plaguing the new lockscreen:

  • Can remove lockscreen widgets with security lock in place, even though they cannot be added.
  • Face unlock can be bypassed to log onto another user's account.
  • Flashing white rectangles on either side on phones every time screen turns on.
  • Possible to take pictures with the device, even with security lock (though this is a common feature with other devices, too, like Apple's iPhone).

The new features have garnered so much negative attention that it has caused the release of a new app called Lockscreen Policy (free), which disables all of the new features in Jelly Bean 4.2's lockscreen.

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You'll need to enable the app as a device administrator to perform any of the disabling functions. From there, you can toggle the features off and have your lockscreen looking clean.

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How do you feel about the new lockscreen? Will you be using Lockscreen Policy on your Android Jelly Bean 4.2 device?

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